From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
Temperatures are climbing. The days continue to stretch out longer. The humidity is so bad that you can barely move outside and any hint of a breeze brings astonishing relief. That’s right, summer has arrived here in DC.
While there are plenty of pros and cons about this sweltering season, there is one thing that we can all agree makes this time of year worthwhile: outdoor movies.
The best-known outdoor film series in DC is Screen on the Green but they won’t begin showing films until July. Meanwhile, here in Borderstan, there’s a film series set to begin this week. The Heurich House, which you hopefully visited last weekend at the Museum Walk Weekend, will begin showing classic films in its garden this Friday, June 7.
Also in our area but with slightly later start dates are U Street Outdoor Movies, which is scheduled to begin on June 19 though the film schedule has not yet been released, movies at Stead Park and Dupont Circle’s Cinema in the Circle. The short schedule for Stead Park is: June 25, Father of the Bride; July 30, Meet The Parents; August 27, Goonies. The one film showing for Cinema in the Circle is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark on June 21.
A rundown of the outdoor film series’ already showing or starting up soon in DC include:
- Heurich House Golden Cinema Series – 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW
- U Street Outdoor Movies – V Street between 13th and 14th Streets NW
- Screen on the Green – on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets NW
- NoMA Summer Screen – L Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets NE
- Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor Movies – Capitol Riverfront, Canal Park, SE
- Lincoln Park Movies By Moonlight – Lincoln Park, 13th and East Capitol Streets NE
And that only includes film series’ showing in DC. There is a handful more playing in Virginia and Maryland should you be feeling slightly adventurous during these summer months.
So grab your blanket, pack a picnic and your bug spray, and head out to enjoy these summer nights with stars both in the sky and on the big screen.